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Aconcagua Base Camp Trek, Andes

Mountain: Aconcagua (6 962 m / 22 831 ft)
Activity type: Hiking
Activity level: Moderate
Elevation: 4 250 m / 13 944 ft
Duration: 5 Day(s)
Expenses: from$ 700
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Overview

Route Name:
Aconcagua Base Camp Trek, Треккинг к Базовому Лагерю Аконкагуа
Activity type:
Hiking
Activity level:
Moderate
Type of Climb:
Trekking
Location:
South America, Argentina: (Mendoza)
Starting Point:
Parent Range:
Mountain:
First Ascent:
??/1/2015
Duration:
5 Day(s)
Max. Elevation:
4 250m / 13 944 ft
Vertical Gain:
1 510m / 4 954 ft
Length:
75km / 47 miles
Climbing Season(s):
15 Nov-30 Apr;
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Convenience Center(s):
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Location

South America, Argentina: (Mendoza)
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    Trekking to the Aconcagua Base Camp is a unique opportunity in safe and easy way to touch and share the unique atmosphere of the big high-altitude expeditions. All the way up to the base camp Plaza de Mulas, located at an altitude of 4 250 meters, you will go side by side with members getting ready to climb Aconcagua.
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    Up to base camp Plaza de Mulas the route to the Cerro Bonete is the same as the "Normal Route" to Aconcagua. "Normal Route" is one of the most popular route to the summit of the highest point of South America. It has well-developed infrastructure and every year attract thousandth of tourists. Up to base camp Plaza de Mulas all carry loads are done by mules. The Base Camp Plaza de Mulas is one of the most comfortable place in the world which can be found at this altitude. For a small fee you can take a hot shower, use the services of two or three Internet-cafes, have a meal in one of the tent-restaurants and even make a sip of beer at the Refuge "Hotel" bar. Never drink unboiled water even if it's water from the glacial stream. Always use boiled, bottled or purified water.
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    Flight to Mendoza International Airport (Argentina). Take a car or bus to Puente del Inca or Penitentes. The entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park where Normal Route begins is at Puenta del Inca.
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    You must go to Mendoza (Argentina) to get your trekking permit and fill all necessary forms in person. Permits are sold at SUBSECRETARÍA DE TURISMO only. Address in Mendoza is på San Martín 1143. It's pretty close to the to Plaza Independencia. The permits can not be bought at Puente de Inca. Anywhere inside the park, the permit or the receipt may be required to be shown.
  • Are You Ready? Edit •  Add / Share you knowledge with mates

    Trekking requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning), and hiking-specific training (via hiking with a pack). Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for success on a high altitude trek. During your training, you should be planning to progressively ramp up your speed, duration (time or mileage), and pack weight of weekly training hikes to give you hiking-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.
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    The route to the base camp of Aconcagua in its first part runs along the riverbed Horkones which you will have to traverse a few times during your trip. Sometimes the water level is low enough and you do not get your trekking shoes wet. But sometimes (especially after snowy winters) in order to traverse the river you will be made to find another way or use a temporary bridge made of large stones. In this case, there is a high risk of wet your shoes, so some tour-agencies suggest their clients to take a sport sandals or water shoes for river crossings. This, of course, can be done barefoot, but there is a high risk to cut you feet with a sharp stones.
  • Parameters Edit •  Add / Share you knowledge with mates

    Base Camp Elevation: 2 740 m / 8 990 ft
    Summit Camp Elevation: Please update
    Accommodation in Base Camp: Both - huts and tents
    Accommodation above Base Camp: Tents only
    Number of Camps: 2
    Avg. Cost: 700 USD
    Age Restrictions: 14
    Soloing: Yes
    Avg. Descent Time: Please update
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    Name (Elevation) Description
    Penitentes
    2 700 m / 8 858 tf
    Small city near the entrance to the Aconcagua Provincial Park. As a rule climbers have an overnight at Penitentens' hotels before crossing the border of the park.
    Horcones
    2 950 m / 9 678 tf
    Ranger's Station at the entrance of the Aconcagua Provincial Park. Here your climbing permit will be checked by rangers.
    Confluencia
    3 368 m / 11 050 tf
    Intermediate Camp located above national park entrance. It has a volley-ball court, tent-cafe and shower. Usually climbers spend a couple of nights here to acclimatize before approaching the Base Camp.
    Plaza Francia
    4 200 m / 13 780 tf
    Base Camp for those who are going to climb Aconcagua South Face.
    Plaza de Mulas
    4 250 m / 13 944 tf
    Plaza de Mulas is the biggest base camp in Aconcagua Park. It has some tent-restaurants, Internet-cafes, hot shower service and even a bar that situated by 20 minutes walk in the Refuge "Hotel".
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